Harry the Shitzu spotted on video

Harry went missing back in September.

Click the image above to watch the video

Harry, the missing Shitzu dog, has been filmed on the Bethlehem Town Centre security cameras after going missing in September last year.

He was running along the path on Bethlehem Road from the Moffat Road direction towards Bethlehem Primary School just before 9am on Thursday, January 5.

A lady saw Harry and tried to catch him, but he took off again heading down Bethlehem Road towards SH2/Moffat Road.

He did not go past the Countdown/SH2 cameras.

Harry is apparently quite thin and weak looking still has some pace when running.

Owners Sharon and Gary Robertson ask if anyone is driving in this area and see a dirty little dark dog walking alone to please catch him and take him to the Bethlehem Vets or ring Animal Control 07 5777000.

The Robertsons and Harry had been visiting family in Miles Lane on September 16 when the boom and blasts from fireworks from nearby Bethlehem College frightened the Shitzu-cross dog to such a point, it ran off.

The family and many of the community have been helping with searching for Harry across Bethlehem. He is wearing a collar and tag that reads “Cats Suck.” He is quite timid

They also request if possible to please get photos and call them immediately on 0275088042 as there is a group of people who can be deployed to immediately to go any location he is seen in.

They ask if anyone has a business in this area to please check your security footage to see if he has been lurking around at night.

Harry's health isn't great and the owners believe he has done incredibly well surviving since 16th September by himself.

Sharon says if people do spot Harry, please “don't rush him”.

“If you rush at him, you will scare him off and he will run. You need to get down, crouch down, and talk to him quietly - ‘come on Harry, come here Harry' and if you do that he might come to you. But if you run towards him, he will turn around and bolt, and he is such a fast runner.”

Jackie and her husband Eric Murray, who won Olympic gold at both the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, bought Harry for Jackie's parents Sharon and Gary Robertson as a Christmas present because Ben, Sharon's dog had been used to having another little dog staying with them while they were living in Sydney.

When they shifted back to New Zealand, they found Ben suffered anxiety when left by himself, so Sharon would take him around to Jackie and Eric's home for ‘Doggy Daycare' while they went to work.

One day Jackie and Eric arrived on their doorstep with Harry as an early Christmas present.

And a message direct from the owner: PLEASE HELP US GET OUR LITTLE DOG HOME. WE CAN ONLY DO IT WITH YOUR HELP. TEXT PHOTO IMMEDIATELY TO ME 0275088042 AS WE HAVE HARRY'S ANGELS ON HAND WHO WILL ACT FAST AND GET TO ANY LOCATION HE IS SPOTTED IN. THANK YOU.



3 Comments

Restrictions are a better idea

Posted on 11-01-2017 10:10 | By Sprocket

I don't think fireworks should be banned entirely, but they should be restricted. Maybe if fireworks were only allowed to be let off in urban areas on certain days between certain times (eg: NYE between 9pm-12am). Or if you want them at times outside the specified allowances (eg: for a wedding), you apply for council permission and have to alert people as best you can. Don't take the joy out of fireworks because of a few idiots who use them irresponsibly. If you know when they're coming it should be easy enough to pop the dog in a comfy safe place away from the noise :) I hope Harry is home safe and sound soon, and gets a good feed; he's probably ravenous!

@ The Sage

Posted on 11-01-2017 06:15 | By BennyBenson

I agree entirely, not to mention the other non animal related annoyance they cause. There's plenty of public displays for everyone to enjoy safely which also takes the guess work out of when you have to deal with them. Hope Harry is found and back with his family very soon.

Ban Private sales of fireworks

Posted on 10-01-2017 12:44 | By The Sage

This poor wee dog is a classic example as to why they should be banned. New Year's Eve was hideous where I live. They were going off all around me and in Fergusson Park, from 9pm to 1.30am. My dog was traumatised, he had a haunted look. Then, as if that wasn't enough, we had to endure them the following 4 nights in a row.

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